Free Parking, Snow Reminders, Sale of Ridgewood Parking Permits, Holiday Safety News and Upcoming Ho

Posted: Monday, December 02, 2019

Village of Ridgewood:
Free Parking in Parking Lots in December, Snow Reminders,
Sale of Ridgewood Parking Permits, Holiday Safety News,
and Upcoming Holiday Events in the Village.


All parking lots in the Central Business District, including the train station lot, will have free parking on the following Saturdays: December 7th, 14th, and 21st. This does not include the parking area by the Christmas tree (on the corner of East Ridgewood Ave. and Broad Street) or the parking area to the right of the train station parking lot (in the area across from the stores and restaurants on Godwin Avenue). Street meters will still be in effect. Come shop, dine, and enjoy FREE parking in the Village during the holiday season.

If it is snowing or going to snow overnight, please do not park your vehicles on the streets, in order to allow our plows to do their work in clearing the snow. All sidewalks in residential districts must be cleared within 24 hours of the snow falling. Please do not place snow into the street; instead, place it back onto your own property. In addition, if you have a fire hydrant on your property, please clear it of any snow accumulation.

We are anticipating our first snow and ice event. As a reminder, if it is snowing when you leave your home in the morning or if it is icy, please place your garbage cans at the end of your driveway for collection. The Village will resume rear yard garbage collection as quickly as possible after the snowstorm, but please continue to put your garbage cans at the end of your driveway until you have a clear path to them. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our Village employees safe.
The Village will begin selling the annual Ridgewood Parking Permits on December 18, 2019 in the lobby of Village Hall, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Additional information will follow in a subsequent E-Notice.
The holiday season has begun, and this means an increase in home burglaries, porch pirates, and car thefts. Although these typically occur during the hours of 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., when it is dark and no one is home, porch pirates (who steal packages from residents' doorsteps) have been known to strike during the daytime hours as well.

Please be aware that Public Safety is the Village of Ridgewood's #1 priority, and our Police Department is giving their full attention to uncover every detail and piece of information, so that they can identify those involved in the burglaries. In addition, there are extra Police patrols on the streets. If you are aware of a burglary which has occurred near your home, and have home security cameras or a Ring doorbell camera, please contact the Ridgewood Police Department, at 201-652-3900, and let them know. The videos obtained from these cameras will assist the Ridgewood Police Department in their investigation.

Here are some helpful tips to be used to protect your home and vehicles from burglaries:
1. Lock doors and windows (house and cars). Remove your fobs from your cars and bring them into your house.
2. Do not leave packages or valuables in your car, which may entice burglars to break into your vehicle.
3. Routinely check that home security/safety systems are working properly.
4. Get alerts about packages and mail being delivered to your home, so that you can bring them inside your house as soon as possible, after they are delivered. The United States Postal Service has a program, Informed Delivery, which alerts you once a day, through email or text alerts to your computer or phone, about the mail/packages you are scheduled to receive in that day's mail. Learn more by going to:
5. Promptly clear property/driveway of newspapers.
6. Promptly empty mailbox and clear delivered packages from your doorsteps.
7. DO NOT post real-time information on Facebook/Instagram/social media including:
o Real-time photos and/or livestream from vacation, parties, concerts, theater, sports events, dining out and food images, etc. DOING SO PUBLICLY BROADCASTS THAT YOU'RE NOT HOME!
o Real-time Information about work commute, work location, shopping, etc.
8. CAUTION: do not accept Facebook/social media friend requests without confirming the authenticity of the individual making the request - LOOK, THINK & RESEARCH before accepting.
9. NOTE: Many members of local Ridgewood Facebook groups are not from Ridgewood
10. NEVER HESITATE: IMMEDIATELY report suspicious vehicles, persons, and activity to the RIDGEWOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT - remember for an emergency dial 911 and always have the RPD non-emergency number handy 201-652-3900

There are a number of upcoming events in the Village, to welcome in the holiday season.

The 34th Annual Downtown for the Holidays - December 6th - Come and enjoy this annual event, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., sponsored by the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce. East Ridgewood Avenue, from Walnut Street through Broad Street, becomes a pedestrian mall with lots of entertainment, and the lighting of the Christmas tree.

The evening begins with Santa in Memorial Park at Van Neste Square for the "wee tots", from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Trackless train rides will take place, weather permitting. There will also be live entertainment by the "clock", and in the stores and restaurants along East Ridgewood Ave, featuring the RHS Marching Band, RHS Carolers, RHS Orchestra, and Jamboree 2019.

This year, to celebrate the Village's 125th Anniversary, there will be a special event during Downtown for the Holidays, Fire and Light, also beginning at 5:30 p.m. and continuing to 9:00 p.m., in Memorial Park at Van Neste Square. This event is co-sponsored by the Ridgewood Fire Department, Ridgewood Local 47 FMBA, and Ridgewood Parks and Recreation. Warming stations with crackling log fires, seating, a place to socialize, and s'mores roasting will take place.

From 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., there will be live entertainment on stage, at the Christmas tree (located at the intersection of East Ridgewood Avenue and Broad Street), featuring performances by: Porch Light Productions, Heart of Motion, RHS Marching Band, Taekowondo All In and more!

At approximately 7:30 p.m.,the Christmas tree lighting will take place.

From 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. there will be "merriment" on E. Ridgewood Avenue, including:
Santa in the Park to listen to your Christmas wish lists, lots of music on East Ridgewood Avenue, and trackless train rides - weather permitting.
Restaurant reservations are suggested.
Streets will open up at 9:00 p.m.

The holiday fun continues on Saturday, December 7th
10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. - Santa arrives at Columbia Bank (60 South Broad Street) in a fire truck all children attending will receive a gift and a picture with Santa.

10:30 a.m. - FREE movie for children at BowTie Warner Theatre on East Ridgewood Avenue. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Santa will be in Memorial Park at Van Neste Square to listen to everyone's Christmas wish lists, on December 7th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and on December 14th and 21st from Noon to 3:00 p.m., weather permitting.

The celebration of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, will be celebrated on December 22nd at 5:30 p.m. with the annual Menorah lighting, located on the corner of Memorial Park at Van Neste Square and East Ridgewood Avenue. Hanukkah known as the "Festival of Lights", starts the evening of December 22 and ends the evening of December 30th.

December 24th and 25th - All Village offices are closed in observance of the Christmas holiday. The Police Department, on the second floor of Village Hall, will be open on this holiday. Please check your Village calendars for garbage and recycling pickup on December 24th.

December 31st - All Village offices will be open regular hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

January 1st - All Village offices will be closed in observance of the New Year's holiday. There will be no sanitation or recycling pick up and the Recycling Center will also be closed on this day. The Police Department, on the second floor of Village Hall, will be open on this holiday.

Wishing you a joyous holiday season!

Heather A. Mailander
Village Manager
201/670-5500 x202